Brighton and Hove Crime Overview

Brighton and Hove is the third safest city in the South East, and the 25th most dangerous overall out of the UK's cities. The overall crime rate in Brighton and Hove in 2020 was 83 crimes per 1,000 people.

In November 2020, Brighton and Hove had the worst crime rate in the South East for other theft, with 173 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.59 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Brighton and Hove residents, when it was the South East's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 343 crimes at a rate of 1.2 per 1,000 residents. Brighton and Hove recorded 113 reports of drugs during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.39 the worst for drugs in the South East that month.

The most common crimes in Brighton and Hove are violence and sexual offences, with 9,154 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 31. This is 9% lower than 2019's figure of 9,933 offences and a difference of 2.68 from 2019's crime rate of 34. Brighton and Hove's least common crime is theft from the person, with 303 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 88% from 2019's figure of 569 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Brighton and Hove This Year

 Brighton and Hove
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour10,15334.90
Bicycle Theft8983.09
Burglary1,1413.92
Criminal Damage and Arson2,7399.42
Drugs9333.21
Other Crime5211.79
Other Theft2,0727.12
Possession of Weapons3641.25
Public Order2,6599.14
Robbery3311.14
Shoplifting1,5455.31
Theft From the Person3031.04
Vehicle Crime1,6015.50
Violence and Sexual Offences9,15431.47

Brighton and Hove Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour34282535Getting worse
Bicycle Theft3.73.04.23.1Safer
Burglary4.84.463.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson99109Getting worse
Drugs2.83.23.63.2Getting worse
Other Crime1.91.62.01.8Safer
Other Theft1112117Safer
Possession of Weapons1.31.41.51.2Safer
Public Order8899Getting worse
Robbery1.21.21.71.1Safer
Shoplifting7685Safer
Theft From the Person2.52.02.01.0Safer
Vehicle Crime5676Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29313431Getting worse

Comparing Brighton and Hove to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5017% safer
Sheffield73.9913% safer
Kirklees74.2312% safer
Croydon77.188% safer
Bradford79.195% safer
London80.703.3% safer
Brighton and Hove83.40-
Birmingham89.026% more dangerous
Bristol91.579% more dangerous
Leeds91.909% more dangerous
Leicester102.5119% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9421% more dangerous

Crime in Brighton and Hove During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Brighton and Hove change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Brighton and Hove saw a 132% increase in anti-social behaviour. Brighton and Hove saw a large fall in theft from the person during November, when it fell by 77% compared to November in 2019. Brighton and Hove saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, other theft, and shoplifting.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+7%+132%+129%+86%+35%+48%+33%+60%+15%
Bicycle Theft-49%-34%-2%-3%-35%-33%-5%+8%-62%
Burglary-2%-22%-32%-41%-5%-51%-48%-56%-61%
Criminal Damage and Arson--27%-10%-15%+3%+98%+62%-12%-23%
Drugs-18%-20%+23%+10%--53%+55%+22%+11%
Other Crime-32%-52%-12%+33%-43%+36%+10%+13%-22%
Other Theft-33%-58%-53%-43%-34%-23%-17%-24%-35%
Possession of Weapons-29%-16%-13%-33%-20%+34%+6%-8%-31%
Public Order-8%+15%-6%+15%+20%+7%+17%-13%-10%
Robbery-44%-68%-+54%+16%-29%+50%-35%-62%
Shoplifting-37%-48%-52%-26%-43%-44%-20%-21%-37%
Theft From the Person-44%-72%-53%-60%-56%-57%-37%+28%-77%
Vehicle Crime-34%-32%-7%+37%-8%-27%-37%-23%-5%
Violence and Sexual Offences-7%-7%-11%-5%+5%+14%+2%-11%-19%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Brighton and Hove

What police force serves Brighton and Hove?
Brighton and Hove's local territorial police force is the Sussex Police.
How dangerous is Brighton and Hove?
Brighton and Hove is the third safest city in the South East.
What is Brighton and Hove's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Brighton and Hove are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Brighton and Hove?
Brighton and Hove's least common crime is theft from the person.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021